'The Vampire Diaries': Paul Wesley on Damon kissing Elena, plus new footage and photo

stefan-elena-damon.jpgIn the just-released trailer for "The Vampire Diaries," Katherine ( Nina Dobrev) is doing what she does best: manipulating, menacing, and making out.

As always, the Salvatore brothers are her prime targets. She swears that she came back to Mystic Falls for Stefan, but then we see her and Damon take it to the floor. "Kiss me or kill me," she demands -- and he opts for the kissing. After 150 years of pining, can you really blame him?

Damon and Stefan have come a long way since the beginning of the series. They're now allies, if somewhat reluctantly, and Stefan's fear is that Katherine will come between them once again, turning Damon back to his old ways.

I was on set in Atlanta with Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder while they shot some emotional scenes between the brothers - including the scene you see in the trailer below, where Damon fills Stefan in on that fateful kiss.

On a break from filming, Paul sat down to talk to me about Stefan's head space when he finds out that Damon kissed Elena - or at least, the girl he thought was Elena.

"Oh, the kiss. Stefan's first reaction is, 'I'm going to kill you. Like I am going to literally kill you, rip you apart. This is my beautiful girl. This is the love of my life. Stay the hell away,'" Wesley says.

Ooh, feisty.

Now that Stefan's off the human blood, he's gone back to being the rational brother, and he hesitates before the whole fratricide thing becomes an issue. "The thing is," Wesley explains, "Damon and Stefan have done this dance before. All Stefan is thinking is 'I'm not going to let you do this to me.' Eventually, his second reaction is to realize that his anger has never gotten him anywhere with Damon. Fighting fire with fire is just going to get you fire."

Carrying on the pretense of being Elena was just another way for Katherine to toy with the Salvatores -- her favorite pastime. This time, though, Stefan is going to do his best to keep her from coming between them.

"He's furious with Damon for acting on his feelings for Elena, but more than that, he's afraid that with everything that's going on, Damon is going to shut down again. He's going to lose all the humanity that Stefan and Elena have cultivated in him. Stefan can't let that happen. At the end of the day, he absolutely loves his brother, and that's a significant element of the story. In my opinion, it's the most significant element of the story."

Wesley pauses and grins. "He's still really freakin' pissed, though."



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